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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Golden Gate is Almost an Exciting Thriller (Review)

An exciting future thriller from nationally best-selling author of the Orphan's Legacy science fiction saga. A face-off with killers in order to guard a secret that could change humanity forever.

LIVE FOREVER—OR DIE TRYING

When the world’s richest man is the victim of a car bomb and literally blown off the Golden Gate Bridge the attack is attributed to terrorists and the world moves on. But some still wonder. Was Manuel Colibri targeted because, as Silicon Valley rumor has it, he was about to make the dream that people alive today can live to be one thousand come true?

Two people are pursuing the truth. Tech journalist Kate Boyle and recovering Iraq war veteran Ben Shepard race through the Bay Area chasing the only clues the reclusive Colibri left behind. They discover not only each other but a cosmic secret that can change human history—and may cost them their lives.
The Golden Gate
Robert Buettner
Pub Date: 1/3/17
Publisher: Baen Books
Genre: Science Fiction
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The Golden Gate almost lives up to the promise of an exciting thriller set in the near future. Robert Buettner delivers on an interesting science fiction mystery, but the execution does not follow through.

The story is immediately engaging. Manuel Colibri is blown off the Golden Gate bridge in what seems to be an isolated terrorist attack. David Powell believes there's more to the story so he hires his former employee Jack Boyle, and his daughter Kate, to investigate further. Working with Department of Homeland Security official Ben Shepard, they follow a scavenger hunt of clues to piece together the life of Colibri and discover why he may have been targeted.

I was pulled into the story by why Colibri was attacked, but as the story continues the 'why' is pushed to the back burner. The answers to the questions posed in the beginning of the novel are not answered until the end. The very end. There's no give and take. There's no intricate web of mystery in The Golden Gate. Ben and Kate work closely to fit the pieces together, but it all just really falls into their laps as the story progresses. I don't mind that the story is easy to follow, but when the end of the novel is conveniently wrapped up because the answers are suddenly apparent I find it a little too easy. There is indeed an interesting conclusion, but the big reveal is treated as more of a side note.

Overall, I expected more from The Golden Gate and I wasn't completely satisfied. The science fiction element was definitely there, but the mystery of the plot just didn't raise it to the right level.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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